Sterling-Sandhagen Bantamweight Clash Reportedly Set For UFC 250
Given enough time to heal and with the current state of the UFC’s bantamweight division, it appears to be the perfect time for Aljamain Sterling to get back into action.
“Funk Master” is set to return to the octagon for the first time since last June. He will be facing off against Cory Sandhagen in a pivotal bout that could help determine a contender for the UFC Bantamweight Title. Sterling was able to confirm the fight on social media, signing his fight contract.
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 21, 2020
On a four-fight win streak, Sterling (18-3) was on his way to a title opportunity before getting knocked out by a Marlon Moraes knee. Following that, he beat Brett Johns, Cody Stamann, Jimmie Rivera and Pedro Munhoz. The Munhoz bout was at UFC 238, with Sterling winning via unanimous decision.
Sandhagen (12-1) is on a six-fight win streak and is 5-0 in the UFC. Since returning to bantamweight in 2018 following a long career at featherweight, Sandhagen has gone 4-0. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Raphael Assuncao at UFC 241 in August.
The two were rumored to face one another on May 16 in San Diego, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the event was scrapped. Sterling also needed more time to prepare as a result of gyms being closed down due to the virus. He also was healing from wrist surgery.
The fight between the second-ranked fighter in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings in Sterling and fourth in Sandhagen could end up determining the contender for the UFC Bantamweight Title. Right now, Marlon Moraes (#1) and Petr Yan (#3) also have a claim to the title. The championship is currently vacant after Henry Cejudo retired following UFC 249.
UFC 250 is set to take place on June 6. The main event is scheduled to be Amanda Nunes defending her UFC Featherweight Title against Felicia Spencer.
Here is the updated card for UFC 250:
- Amanda Nunes (c) v. Felicia Spencer – UFC Featherweight Title\
- Aljamain Sterling v. Cory Sandhagen
- Ian Heinisch v. Gerald Meerschaert
- Charles Byrd v. Maki Pitolo
- Neil Magny v. Anthony Rocco Martin
- Alex Perez v. Jussier Formiga
- Alonzo Menifield v. Devin Clark